is a United Kingdom
co-produced film with a gay
theme. The film was selected for participation in LGBT film festivals
in San Francisco (Frameline
, formerly the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival), New York (NewFest
), Amsterdam and others.
The film raises issues of cultural identities and challenges stereotypes. It is an important milestone in making visible the invisible Indian gay community. The director Sridhar Rangayan
, who earlier made the award winning film The Pink Mirror
says that what is wonderful about this film is the fearless participation, for the first time, of more than 100 gay and transexual
members of gay groups like The Humsafar Trust in Mumbai
and Lakshya in Gujarat
Reviewing the film for Frameline30, Corey Eubanks wrote:
- "From the director of The Pink Mirror (Frameline27) comes this intoxicating queer journey through India. Ravi is a young Indian man living in England who impulsively heads to an all-night gay party in an Indian village, dragging his British friend Paul along.
- Fueled by erotic performances, flirting and sex, Ravi connects at the party with Mani, a closeted working-class guy. Rooming at the very gay-friendly hotel belonging to Murthy and Anna, an older gay couple who have been together for more than thirty years, Ravi decides to stay for a few days to pursue what may be the love of his life, but the consequences of their hedonistic night catch up with them. With bursts of surreal images and scenes, Ravi tries to reconnect with Mani, but the situation becomes rocky when his slutty friend Paul flaunts his own careless hook-up with Mani.
- Thankfully, Ravi has the wisdom of Murthy and Anna to guide him. They share their stories of defying tradition, loving against all odds and being true to oneself. Invigorated by his time with the couple, Ravi meets Mani once again to see if their fates may indeed be intertwined.
- In addition to the colorful and bizarre situations, the camera lingers lovingly over the queer Indian male body and exalts its sexuality. With a consistently surreal look, Yours Emotionally feels like a beautiful fever dream inspired by both avant-garde gay cinema and the tropes of Bollywood."
The film is produced by Niranjan Kamatkar of Wise Thoughts, London and co-produced by Solaris Pictures, Mumbai, India.
Two best friends, Ravi and Paul, go on vacation to India where they attend an all night, eye-opening gay sex party. Surprised by the openness of their hosts and the aggressiveness of the guests, the boys fall into the steadily growing Indian gay culture. Ravi is especially bitten hard as he falls for the good looking but deeply closeted Mani. Will caste, economics and customs allow these two love birds a happy ending or will the forces of tradition and homophobia keep them apart?
Fueled by flirting, erotic performances and open sex, Yours Emotionally is a revealing film about the growing Indian gay community. The camera lingers over the hot bodies of Indian men and never shirks from giving gay men a sexuality seldom seen from this part of the world. Sridhar Rangayan uses both traditional and experimental film techniques to build a story of love, compassion and truth in a society that is only now beginning to accept gay people for who they are.
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- Pratik Gandhi,
- Jack Lamport,
- Ikhlaq Khan,
- Ajay Rohilla,
- Iravati Karnik,
- Abhay Kulkarni
- Mansoor, Ashwin
- 4th Independent South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, USA
- Siddharth Gautam Film Festival, Kolkata, India
- Renberg Theatre, Los Angeles by LA Gay & Lesbian Center, USA
- Santa Fe Film Festival. Santa Fe Film Center, Santa Fe, USA
- Rialto Filmtheater, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Sixth Annual IAAC Film Festival, Maya Deren Theatre, New York, USA
- 'A Million Different Loves!?', Gdansk & Lodz, Poland
- Prague Bollywood Festival, Poland
- Fire Island Fim and Video festival, Cheery Grove, New York, USA
- Frameline 30 - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, USA
- NewFest 2006 - The 18th New York LGBT Film Festival, USA